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with the poor people's campaign co-chair, saturday beginning at 9:30. tell folks again where to meet? guest: find your way to pennsylvania and third the 14th. join us as we declare we won't be silent anymore and these realities do not have to exist. host: the poor people's campaign can be found online. what is it on twitter? guest: go to the .org. i am not as good as i should be with twitter but you will also see the text number -- at unite the poor. host: always appreciate your time. that will be our program for today. the house getting ready to gavel in and of course we take you there live for gavel-to-gavel coverage.
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., june 14, 2022. i hereby appoint the honorable tony cardenas to act as speaker
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pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 10, 2022, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. with time equally allocated between parties and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan, ms. tlaib, for five minutes. ms. tlaib: i rise today during pride month to honor the phenomenal ruth ellis, a former detroit resident who is the eldest surviving and born in
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1989 and living until the age of 101, she came out as a lesbian around 1915. she took in lgbtq+ youth experiencing homeless known as the gay spot. not only did she give refuge but gave them books and helped with college tuition. still today, lgbtq+ youth experience homelessness at a disproportionate rate. the ruth ellis center in highland park was created in the 13 district strong and was named after and in honor of ms. ellis. they provide safe, affirmative for marginalized black and minority lgbtq+ youth. join me today in recognizing ruth ellis and the advocacy of the ruth ellis center and their incredible team.
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mr. speaker, today i want to celebrate the memory of greg mudge, a longtime community advocate and business owner in detroit who we lost last year. his sudden death was a shock to us all. when he first opened his del i-back in 2008, greg was -- del i-back in 2008, greg was a member of the community. he built and managed his own business with the heart and soul of family. his approach was, quote, all hands on deck, and he never shied away from any task and always ready to give a hand. his commitment to serving home made food and family recipes made mudgie's deli a standout. his passion for his work shined in what he did.
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he embodied our community and our neighborhood. please join me in honoring his memory. and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, democrats keep forcing taxpayers to bail out failing and mismanaged union-run multiemployer pension plans and needs to stop. the committee on education and labor had dedicated considerable time and held countless hearings on the problems posed by multiemployer pension plans and the pension benefit guarantee corporations, pbgc, multiemployer insurance program. unfortunately, unlike previous bipartisan legislation to address the failing system, our democrat colleagues decided to go it alone by enacting the deceitful american rescue plan
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act, arpa. under the guise of covid relief, arpa included an irresponsible and uncapped taxpayer bailout of failing and insolvent multiemployer pension plans. let me repeat. there is no cap on the amount of taxpayer dollars that pbgc may send to multiemployer plans. this is concerning given that those plans are currently underfunded by 756 billion dollars. unsurprisingly, the cost of arpa's pension bailout program continues to grow. the congressional budget office originally estimated it would cost taxpayers $86 billion. five months later, pbgc estimated it would likely distribute $94.2 billion. after two more months, they
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estimated it would likely distribute $97.2 billion, and in one scenario could distribute upwards of $147 billion. to date, pbgc has disbursed $6.7 billion to 26 plans, and this is just the beginning. in april, the central state, southeast and southwest areas pension plans requested a staggering $35 billion from taxpayers. pbgc is reviewing an additional eight applications, requesting a total of $1.1 billion. in all, pbgc is expected to send money to over 250 pension plans. pbgc has confirmed what we knew to be true but others refused to admit, arpa's taxpayer-funded bailout will not fix a thing.
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in september, the agency stated the massive influx of taxpayer dollars will only delay the immediate insolvency of the multiemployer insurance program and insolvency is still likely. simply throwing money at plans will not solve the problem. arpa failed to address the underlying structural issues in the multiemployer system that contributed to the crisis. thus, ensuring that plan mismanagement and underfunding will persist. in fact, arpa includes a galling provision that explicitly bars pbgc from reforming plan governance or altering plan funding rules of plans receiving a bailout. it is clear to me that the mismanagement of multiemployer plans and the risks they pose to workers, retirees, and the taxpayer cannot be ignored. congress must require
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multiemployer plans to measure their liabilities accurately and collect adequate contributions to fund benefits. failing an insolvent plan must stop making promises they are unable and unwilling to keep. it's common practice for insolvent plans which do not have enough funds to pay current retirees to continue allowing active participants to accrue benefits and enroll new workers into the plan. this is deceptive. this is wrong. this must stop. congress should increase multiemployer insurance premiums to account for the risks that underfunded plans pose to pbgc. multiemployer plans pay a meager flat rate premium of $31 per participant. in contrast, the single employer program requires plans to pay an $88 flat rate premium in addition to a variable rate premium based on a plan's level of underfunding. decades of chronic underfunding
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and false promises have put millions of workers and retirees at risk. by propping u this clearly unsustainable system without enacting reforms, arpa continues to enable and encourage the irresponsible behaviors that caused this crisis. taxpayers saving for their own retirements should not be on the hook to pay for the broken promises of union-run multiemployer pension plans. there must be accountability for this gross mismanagement and real reform to ensure the multiemployer pension system does not continue to deceive workers and the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from alabama, ms. sewell, for five minutes. ms. sewell: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the extraordinary life and legacy of montgomery
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county commissioner, commissioner elton dean, who passed away at the age of 72 on june 8, 2022. a native of alabama's seventh congressional district, chairman dean graduated from montgomery's own george washington carver high school before attending selma university where he received his associates degree. returning to montgomery, chairman dean pursued his bachelor of science at the alabama state university where he graduated in 1971 with a degree in business and economics. chairman dean went on to become a successful businessman, putting to work his entrepreneurial spirit to serve and improve his community as owner of dean reality as well as 21st century hair studio. in november of 2000, chairman dean was first elected to the montgomery county commission where he humbly and faithfully served the second district for
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over 20 years. dean was elected vice chairman in november, 2004, before making history in march, 2009, as the first african-american to serve as chair of the montgomery county commission. montgomery county includes the historic city of montgomery, alabama. known as a dedicated public servant and passionate community leader, chairman dean's legacy lives on in the countless projects and initiatives that became -- that came into fruition under his leadership, including the implementation of the montgomery county's back to school sales tax holiday. chairman dean is also known for bringing the commission meetings to the people by holding on-the-road initiative, which allowed the constituents to meet directly with their representatives. chairman dean worked tirelessly to improve montgomery county's economic well-being. among his most notable achievements, he oversaw the
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implementation of the 1% sales tax in 2001, which generated over $428 million for public education in montgomery county, delivering critically needed resources to the children of our community. chairman dean never missed an opportunity to give back. through his adult life, he held countless positions, including serving on boards and organizations throughout montgomery county, which included as executive board member of the south central alabama's boys and girls club, as well as board member for the montgomery improvement association, board member for the central alabama community foundation, chairman of the trustee board and mass choir member of mount zion episcopal church. he was commissioner of the
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amateur of the baseball league and commissioner of the southern league dixie youth baseball. and a very strong advocate for his alma mater, chairman dean returned to the alabama state university later in life to serve as chairman of the board of trustees for the alabama state university. in his role, he served for nine years and generated $525 million worth of campus improvement. in his role as chairman of the board of trustees for alabama state university, i got to know chairman dean because he gave me as a young bond lawyer the opportunity to represent my parents' alma mater, the alabama state university. it was chairman dean who encouraged me to run for congress and for his membership and -- for his mentorship and his friendship, i am forever grateful. chairman dean was rightfully --
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rightfully received awards. the pioneer award from the tuskegee times. the montgomery area chamber of commerce award. the citizens of the year award by sigma phi chapter of omega skye phi -- psi phi. as well as the ymca man of the year. chairman dean was a true public servant and a servant leader, and though i know so many of us are heart broken by his passing, i am eternally grateful for our partnership on behalf of the citizens of montgomery county, alabama, and blessed to have been guided by his mentorship as well as his friendship over the years. may his family find comfort in knowing that elton dean's legacy will live on in the hearts of
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all of those who he impacted. as we mourn his passing, i ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating the extraordinary life and legacy of montgomery county commissioner, chairman elton dean. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. rose, for five minutes. mr. rose: mr. speaker, inflation is at the highest level we have seen since jimmy carter was in the white house. i have spoken many times about rising prices being fueled by out-of-control spending. today i rise with even more proof that this has been the case. president biden's 2021 covid stimulus bill overheated the economy. just as i and many other republican members of congress along with numerous economists from both sides of the political
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divide predicted. now a report by the nonpartisan congressional budget office shows that spending did, in fact, create a worker shortage, which strained supply chains and contributed to the economic crisis in which we find ourselves today. one year ago companies across middle tennessee were struggling to find workers. more than 160,000 tennesseeons were un-- tennesseans were unemployed yet 218,000 jobs were veilable. folks were earning $15.75 an hour to stay home because of the unnecessary $2 trillion bill pushed through by congressional democrats on a party-line vote. employers became desperate. many were forced to offer massive sign-on bonuses and other incentives just to find enough workers to continue operating as normal. unfortunately, some had to close their doors.
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tennessee's governor, a business owner himself, recognized the damage enhanced federal unemployment benefits were causing on restaurants and retail stores. he noticed many couldn't compete with $300 a week from the federal government on top of state unemployment benefits. fortunately, he put a stop to the flow of federal unemployment dollars in tennessee. he was right. at last check there were about 13,000 unemployment claims in tennessee compared to roughly 60,000 claims this time last year. still, the cost of living has increased every month under the biden administration and the nonpartisan congressional budget office projects it will continue to impact americans at least into 2023. this is what happens when you do what's politically expedient, this is the direct result of run away deficit spending. the federal reserve is now
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having to be the adult in the room and raise interest rates to lower inflation. raising interest rates is a harsh step, but one made necessary by the biden administration's reckless handling of the economy. it will make it harder and more expensive to borrow money for your first home or to buy a new car. raising interest rates will also cause our economy to slow down. this means people will lose their jobs, their savings, and in many cases even their small businesses. our economy already got 1.5% smaller in the first quarter of the year. it's why many economists are predicting a recession or worse in the next 12 months. it didn't have to be this way. the president and congressional democrats didn't have to borrow and spend so much money. this administration inherited one of the strongest economies in my life.
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it took fewer than two years for them to completely destroy it. president biden must do better. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. porter, for five minutes. ms. porter: when the pandemic closed schools and left millions of children without meals they needed, our government took action. emergency waivers eliminated income caps and gave meal providers flexibility in delivering food. even now with schools reopened, these waivers are getting healthy meals to children without bearing families under mountains of paperwork. but these provisions are set to expire on june 30. as 97% of meal providers like schools struggle to pay soaring food price, these protections should be strengthened not stopped.
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this year california became the first state to provide free meals to any student. offering no cost meals to everyone, regardless of income, helps resources reach the kids who need the most. this will also help california's kids in schools perform better, free meals contribute to better attendance, fewer nurse visits, and higher test scores. california's universal meal program will benefit schools and families. and the nation should follow our example. the greater our delay in taking action on climate change, the higher the price tag will be for families and our economy. last week californians suffered through an intense heat wave. temperatures went over 100 degrees in parts of our state. that is bad for public health and bad for our economy. a study by the atlantic council estimates that the total economic loss from excessive heat is at least $100 billion
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annually. they also estimate that this loss could double by 2030 and quintuple by 2050 if we don't take climate action. simply put, the fiscally responsible thing to do is for congress to act quickly to prevent further losses. taking climate action will lower and stabilize who ises for families. high temperatures aren't just bad for human health, they are bad for our economy. heat waves push prices for electricity higher, costing us billions. we should not leave in families in california and across the country to figure out their budgets while washington figures out climate change. the need for climate change is urgent not just for our planet but also for our pocketbooks. our nation is failing people with posttraumatic stress disorder. during june, ptsd awareness month, we must commit to doing better. mental health afcts many across
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our nation, but i rise today to shine light on the brave young people dealing with ptsd. too many americans, including many with ptsd, go without the mental health care they need because their insurance won't cover it. i wrote a bill which is now federal law to crack down on insurance companies that break the rules and refuse to cover mental health the say way they cover physical health. i'm proud the house is considering additional proposals i have worked on to strengthen the enforcement of protections for mental health coverage. when a child experience as traumatic event like emotional or sexual abuse, it harms their emotional, social, and cognitive development. these adverse childhood experiences are linked to substance use disorder, chronic health issues, and ptsd. we cannot let trauma or related challenges hold students back from getting high quality educations. the effect of these experiences don't end when children leave their homes for college.
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they bleed in their daily lives, including in the classroom. i am proud to introduce legislation, the student mental health rights act, which would direct the department of education to study mental health, issue guidance to help schools level the playing field, and support students in overcoming their mental health challenges so they can complete their schooling. our students need this help. for americans with ptsd of all ages, awareness is not enough, they need action. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia, mr. cline, for five minutes. mr. cline: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to discuss the chilling state of the american economy. the stock market is tanking. the american people know what a disaster president biden and the majority's economic policies have been and they are acting accordingly and expressing the lowest consumer confidence in a
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record 50 years of data. pumping trillions in spending through this body, including the so-called american rescue plan, has in large part caused a 40-year high in inflation as the c.p.i. rose to 8.6% in may. the nation is $30 trillion in debt. and the c.b.o. predicts, 1.6 trillion in deficits over the next decade. the federal reserve will be forced to continue to raise interest rates, further exacerbating the beleaguered economy. gas prices are at $5 a gallon due to the president's assault on american oil drilling and tracking and domestic energy exploration anti-green new deal priorities of the majority and this administration are exacerbating the energy crisis. as the wall street jeurm recently asked, has -- journal recently asked, has anyone other than unsuccessful green energy subsidy birms benefited from the biden economy? what's more, the president's $5.8 trillion tax and spend budget is fiscally irresponsible. biden's budget cuts $428 million
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in customs and border protections budget in the midst of a border crisis. it skyrockets federal spending by a third compared to prepandemic levels. calls for $2.5 trillion in tax hikes. and sets this country on a course of extended fiscal doom at a time when we are currently on the precipice of a recession. the american economy cannot sustain a federal government that is vacuuming tax dollars out of the pockets of the private sector at a record pace. and still today the majority are not even propose a budget much less one that achieves balance and instead funds the government and inflates the currency through massive omnibus bills and continuing resolutions. we need to return to regular order in this house and return to fiscal sanity to rescue this economy from a recession that looms large and what is likely to be a long hot summer for millions of american families. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the
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gentlewoman from texas, ms. garcia, for five minutes. ms. garcia: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to celebrate the record breaking number of jobs created under president biden's watch. his plan to lower costs for hardworking american families and our plan to continue building a better america. since president biden took office, the economy has added 8.7 million new jobs. 8.7 million new jobs. that is staggering. fun fact, mr. speaker, this is the most jobs added in any president's first 16 months. i repeat, the most jobs added in any president's first 16 months. this is historic. the fact that the economy is booming is no accident. you see, president biden laid the foundation for an amazing recovery through his american
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rescue plan and vaccination program. this plan got people back to work, kids back in schools, and helped the american economy bounce back. together with president biden, house democrats are not only bringing back jobs but we are growing paychecks for households across the country. because of this, unemployment is near historic lows, and even better, the number of americans relying on unemployment benefits has dropped by more than 90%. this is huge. in short, our nation has recovered 96% of the jobs lost during the pandemic. and is on track to return to prepandemic employment levels before the end of the year. mr. speaker, this is a direct result of president biden's leadership, congress' partnership, and the backing of the american people. and while many americans are back at work, we have heard
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calls from hardworking families struggling with the cost of inflation. sadly, putin's war against ukraine is now the biggest single driver of inflation. but we have a plan for this, too. i'm proud to report that house democrats and president biden are acting to lower gas prices by fighting putin's price hike. the united states is on track to produce a record number of oil next year, and coming from texas, that's music to our ears, and the president is working for the industry to accelerate this output. democrats are also laser focused on lowering everyday costs for families at the grocery store and also improving the supply chain. we are fighting for everyday americans by reducing the cost of everyday goods through the competes act. this landmark legislation will lower costs and strengthen our
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supply chains by making more products right here in america. made in u.s.a. and again, this will create more jobs. we have also have great news on the federal deficit. biden is still on track to drop the budget deficit by $1.6 trillion this year alone. mr. speaker, another fun fact, president biden has closed the deficit more this year than any president in history. i repeat, than any president in history. in contrast, mr. speaker, the trump administration increased the federal budget deficit every single year they were in office. all things considered, president biden and house democrats are not only working together to continue building the better america for all americans, but we are delivering on that promise. and we will continue to do just
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that, delivering on our promise. thank you, mr. speaker. with that i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa, for five minutes. mr. lamalfa: thank you, mr. speaker. well, as the four-day tour occurs inside the capitol, on january 6, where a loaded bias committee attempts to parce the words of the president on the day, we have many other crises to deal with in this country that are directly affecting and harming the american people, the ability to do their basic day-to-day operations in home, get their kids to school. so what are we doing? what are we doing? chasing january 6. look at our border right now.
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under the current biden policies, we're attracting the largest caravan of illegal aliens heading towards our border. the idea we'll get rid of title 42 or the general porosity of the border anyway. it has been a giant magnet since january 20, 2021, when this president came in and started shredding our border policy. we had success under president trump where we had the best control of the border we had in quite a while with additional -- approximately 450 miles of rebuilt or new fence. that was very effective in those zones. so what do we have now? we have warehouses in stacks and palettes of fence material, millions worth being stored instead of installed. we heard some chatter from the
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biden administration, maybe we should just go ahead and put up those additional pieces where there are obvious gaps. had a chance to visit yuma, arizona, a few weeks ago. it was pretty incredible because the people, you know, there will be miles of fence but there would be these gaps occasionally and that's where they would pour through illegally. amazing. we can rectify that by just filling in a lot of the gaps, thereby, making our border patrol job much easier by being able to focus on less areas instead of wide-open spaces or gaps all along our border. but, no, it seems to be about some other agenda. 15,000 people, possibly, will crowd the border here soon under the idea that we're going to possibly let title 42 go. thankfully, two different courts have stopped that. so what are we doing? the terrorists that come across our border really almost
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unchecked. i mean, they capture a handful of them but how many are getting by that get away? we don't know that. are they starting cells right here in our country? why not? so as we know in april, there was over 230,000 encounters, they call them, at the southern border. so that's the highest in u.s. history for one month. why is this? because we have a giant magnet, again, turned on by this administration saying come on across, you only need to have a sliver of excuse for asylum. the asylum law needs to be changed if that's how they're going to enforce it because it has to be for a true threat. you also have to seek asylum in the country closest to you if you are an asylum seeker, and that's what you're really after, the one closest to you, not pick and choose what country you choose to, basically the united states with all the benefits it hands out.
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so according to polling on that, when you ask the american people who are worried about gas and groceries or whether another load of formula is going to come in from europe on a military transport in time for their small children to be able to have the type of food they are accustomed to, the majority of americans disapprove of the biden administration operation of our borders, especially the elimination of title 42, which is a health risk issue. so we're putting, really, with the issue when you talk about formula, we're putting americans last. when the biden administration prioritized shipments of palettes of baby formula to -- palets of baby formula to the holding stations instead of across the fruited plain, it is pretty pathetic. this administration's f.d.a. stepped in on a major producer of formula saying we will shut you down because of a couple
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incidents that have been reported. what happens? f.d.a. doesn't call back the major producer of formula, the company, saying what is it -- when they ask what is it we need to do to be in compliance in your eyes? the administration knew about this. yet, they prioritized what formula is available to go down to the border stations there. thankfully recently we passed legislation so we can release more supplies to be to help those on assistance. so as we see the disaster on the border, i don't see a single remedy even being talked about by the biden administration. they don't really care about the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today.
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